CEU’s will be issued by Kirkwood Community College, Iowa Board of Nursing Provider #30. All inquiries regarding CEU’s should be directed to Kristi Hanson with Kirkwood Community College: Kristi.Hanson@Kirkwood.edu or 319-398-5626.

Network. Learn. Enjoy.

Join us Thursday, October 21nd from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM in-person at Des Moines Holiday Inn Downtown-Mercy Campus, 1050 6th Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50314

(Please note that this event is available in person only. If you prefer to attend our virtual event, which will be held on October 20, be sure to review the options available during the registration process.)

Continuing Education fees will be paid by Cedar Memorial and Iowa Cremation. Please provide license information when registering. Pre-registration is required. Lunch is included for in-person attendees.


Our keynote speaker for Hospite 2021 will be David Kessler. David is the author of 5 bestselling books, including two with Elisabeth Kubler Ross and one with Loise Hay. He is one of the most well-known experts and lecturers on death and grieving today. Visit David's website at www.Grief.com for more information.


This workshop will help members of the caregiving community explore the significant topic of understanding and healing all types of grief. David Kessler shares strategies that can be used in the patient care setting today to help people grieve fully and live fully even in uncertain times.  

Grief must be witnessed. We are not meant to grieve alone, yet between stay at home, loss of rituals, different views on the pandemic, this has been a compounded time of grief. Our society tells us to get over grief and to move forward. But that’s just not how grief works or heals. There is no timeline for grief. Professionals are helping patients/clients with the weight of an accumulation of grief at this time. People are grieving the loss of structure, certainty, gatherings, events, and even hugs. We’re also seeing people with big losses during this challenging and shifting time.

The workshop content will contain an in-depth look into grief, including macro and micro losses, online support for clients, the sixth stage, responses after grief/loss, and healing. 


  • Implement techniques, tools, and principles to help cope with all types of loss.
  • Identify methods to use meaning to help remember loved ones with more love than pain.
  • Identify tools to resolve the internal struggle of “why did this happen?” and “why did this happen to me?”
  • Identify micro and macro grief that happens during this time of multiple losses.
  • Utilize methods that include new information on brain science to address guilt, shame, and stigma associated with grief.

Continuing Education Credit: To obtain the 5 nursing contact hours (RNs, NPs, LPNs) or 6 CEUs (social workers, marriage and family therapists, counselors) associated with this workshop, the pre-registered health care professional will need to log-in and check-in as directed (WEBCAST) or check-in at venue registration table (IN PERSON), attend the workshop in its entirety, and complete the program Evaluation Form. Partial credit will not be awarded. The health care professional successfully meeting these requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion indicating the contact hours or CEUs awarded for their profession. Certificates will be issued by Kirkwood Community College (Iowa Board of Nursing, Provider #30) via e-mail or regular mail two-weeks following the workshop date. All allied health professionals are reminded that they are responsible for reviewing the governing rules of their boards to determine if appropriate subject matter criteria will apply. PLEASE NOTE: Late arrivals (both online and in person) will be allowed to attend the workshop—but they will NOT be eligible to earn continuing education credit.


Thursday, October, 21 in Des Moines. Check-in will begin at 8:00 a.m. Food and beverages will be available during registration, lunch, and the afternoon break

(Please note that this event is available in person only. If you prefer to attend our virtual event, which will be held on October 20, be sure to review the options available during the registration process.)


Thursday, October 21 in Des Moines will be held at the Holiday Inn Des Moines Downtown Mercy Area, 1050 6th Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50314

Who should attend?

This free workshop, sponsored by Cedar Memorial/IowaCremation, is intended for healthcare, hospice and palliative care professionals, including physicians, nurses, clergy, social workers, and support staff. Invite anyone you feel this program will help!

Why do Cedar Memorial and Iowa Cremation sponsor this FREE event?

Iowa Cremation and Cedar Memorial are blessed with a staff of caring professionals, who embrace the families you have unselfishly served. It is our unrelenting mission to continue your care, with compassion and dignity. Our similar goals and challenges beg for our continued and frequent dialogue.

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"Iowa Cremation gave me extraordinary support when my husband passed away. Everything was handled with compassion and respect, and for that I am forever grateful."

- Barbara B. from Clive, Iowa


"Iowa Cremation's service was incredible and I tell everyone they should preplan with their staff."

- Patti B. from Muscatine, Iowa


"The compassion and professional care extended to us by Iowa Cremation was very consoling and deeply appreciated by our family."

- Mary Ellen M. from Lansing, Iowa